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Bill Federer serves up a daily dose of inspiration from the pages of American history with a special emphasis on America’s Judeo-Christian heritage.

Lamb of God sacrificed on Passover – Resurrected on Feast of First Fruits –...

American Minute with Bill Federer In his Easter Address, April 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan stated: "This week Jewish families and friends have been celebrating Passover ... Its observance reminds all of...

Persecution of Virginia Baptists shaped James Madison’s views Defending Liberty of Conscience

American Minute with Bill Federer In times of crisis people turn to Christ, and following the crisis of the French and Indian War, there was a move towards religion in...

Ben Franklin’s support of Religious Liberty, Freedom of Conscience, and Abolition of Slavery

American Minute with Bill Federer On July 26, 1775, Benjamin Franklin became the first Postmaster General of the United States, a position he held under...

America a Christian Nation

American Minute with Bill Federer U.S. Supreme Court stated in the 1892 case of Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, written by Justice...

Forefathers Sacrificed Their Prosperity for Their Posterity – the “Unborn Millions”

American Minute with Bill Federer The Founding Fathers sacrificed their PROSPERITY for their POSTERITY. After signing the Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote to his wife: "I...

Wording of First Amendment & Who Twisted It

American Minute with Bill Federer On March 15, 1984, the U.S. Senate voted down children praying in public schools. President Ronald Reagan said: "I am deeply disappointed...

Women’s Suffrage: Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard, Emma Willard, and Lucretia...

American Minute with Bill Federer In the U.S. Capitol Rotunda is a sculpture of women suffrage leaders Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia...

Admiral William Penn & His Son – Founder of Pennsylvania, Defender of Religious Liberty,...

American Minute with Bill Federer The English and the Dutch fought together to defeat the Invincible Spanish Armada in 1588. Afterwards, while the rest of Europe...

“Old Ironsides” USS Constitution – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., & His Dissenting Son

American Minute with Bill Federer "Old Ironsides" is the nickname of the three-masted frigate USS Constitution. Muslim Barbary Pirates of North Africa had captured the American...

Cold War, Socialism, & the Foreign Policy of Eisenhower & John Foster Dulles

American Minute with Bill Federer "There is only one defense -- a defense compounded of eternal vigilance, sound policies, and high courage" - stated John...

Remembering the Alamo, the Goliad Massacre, and the Texas Declaration of Independence

American Minute with Bill Federer The Spanish Empire was the first empire on which "the sun never set," spanning over 5 million square miles around...

John Quincy Adams: Champion Against Slavery, Lifetime of Public Service, Guided by the Bible

American Minute with Bill Federer On FEBRUARY 21, 1848, "Old Man Eloquent" John Quincy Adams suffered a stroke at his desk in the House chamber. He...

William Prescott: Revolutionary War Hero’s Admonition to ‘Stand Fast’

American Minute with Bill Federer William Prescott was born FEBRUARY 20, 1726. At age 32, he married his wife Abigail, and they moved to Pepperell, Massachusetts. William...

The Billy Sunday Story

American Minute with Bill Federer A baseball star, Billy Sunday played for the Chicago White Stockings in the 1880's and later the Philadelphia Phillies. Born during...

First President’s Day: George Washington’s Birthday

American Minute with Bill Federer Presidents' Day is actually Washington's birthday, recognized by an Act of Congress for government offices in Washington, D.C., in 1879,...

Darwin Day vs. Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday: Same Day, Opposite Effects

American Minute with Bill Federer Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the exact same day, FEBRUARY 12, 1809, but their lives had opposite...

Circuit-riding Preacher Peter Cartwright vs. Circuit-riding Attorney Abe Lincoln vs. Judge Stephen Douglas

American Minute with Bill Federer Peter Cartwright (1785-1872) was ordained by the Methodist circuit-riding preachers Rev. Francis Asbury and Rev. William McKendree. He served as a...

Montesquieu: 3 Types of Government and What Makes Them Run

American Minute with Bill Federer Society ... must repose on principles that do not change" -- wrote Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws, 1748, Book...

Shortest term, Longest Inaugural, Gravest Warning – 9th President William Harrison

American Minute with Bill Federer "Tippecanoe and Tyler too" was the campaign slogan of 9th President William Henry Harrison, born FEBRUARY 9, 1773. Harrison was an...

Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist Leader & Advisor to President Abraham Lincoln

American Minute with Bill Federer Frederick Douglass was born Frederick "Baily" on a Maryland plantation around February 7, 1817, though no accurate records exist, as...